New Age H13 Lucifer

New Age H13 Lucifer

New Age Toys’ Air Commander Lucifer (aka G1 Starscream) has arrived at Junkion HQ!

The Box

The box is another Diaclone homage, this time to the F-15 Jetrobo.

Lucifer box
Lucifer box back

Inside the box you’ll find two sets of instructions; a generic “Stormtrooper” set for the figure and one for the Spacebridge stand (which is covered in a separate post). For accessories you’ll find the stand, 2x cannons, open hands, pointed hands, 2x small blast effects, 2x engine blast effects, 2x bombs and Agamenmnon in pistol mode.

Lucifer box contents

The Robot

Lucifer’s robot mode is an impressive rendition of Starscream from the original cartoon.

Lucifer robot mode
Lucifer side view

Even the back is nice and clean!

Lucifer back view

You can also use the front landing gear as a wrist communicator.

Lucifer communicator

The F-15

Jet mode is equally impressive!

Lucifer jet mode

The effect parts in this release are two-tone. The jet blasts start as blue at the base and move to clear at the tips.

Lucifer jet effect parts

One thing to be aware of is that, due to the transformation joints in the tail fins, it is very easy to knock them out of alignment when handling the jet.

Lucifer droopy tail fins
Exaggerated for dramatic effect

Transformation Highlights

The robot chest inverts out of the underside of the cockpit…

Lucifer chest tranformation step 1

…then flip out to form the chest…

Lucifer chest tranformation step 2

…then everything folds up into the robot torso.

Lucifer chest tranformation step 3

The outer edge of the robot legs pivots around…

Lucifer leg tranformation step 1

…which positions the tail fins on the inside of the calf…

Lucifer leg tranformation step 2

…so that they can be folded completely into the leg.

Lucifer leg tranformation step 3

The Comparisons

Lucifer is a head shorter than Agamenmnon.

Lucifer with Agamenmnon

Lucifer is also twice the height of Flipper.

Lucifer with Flipper

The Conclusion

Another impressive and fun addition to the Legendary Heroes line!

Lucifer salute

New Age Core Scenery Set B

The second set of New Age’s display accessory line is here.

The Box

Like Set A, this comes in a very plain box.

Core Scenery B box

Inside the box are the “Marble Throne” and the “Wicked Throne”. Like Set A, unpack this in a room you are about to vacuum because it will leave Styrofoam beads everywhere.

Core Scenery B box contents

The Marble Throne

The good: the marbling effect looks great.

Core Scenery B Mable Throne
Core Scenery B Mable Throne side view
Core Scenery B Mable Throne back view

The bad: the scale doesn’t seem quite right for the Legendary Heroes line.

Core Scenery B Agamenmnon in the Mable Throne

The seat of the throne leaves Agamenmnon’s feet hanging like a child’s.

Core Scenery B Agamenmnon in the Mable Throne side view

The figure also cannot sit against the back of the throne.

Core Scenery B Agamenmnon in the Mable Throne angled view

The Wicked Throne

This is the throne that I was excited about sadly, although a little better, it doesn’t seem to quite fit with the figures.

Core Scenery B Wicked Throne
Core Scenery B Wicked Throne side
Core Scenery B Wicked Throne back

Just like the marble throne, Agamenmnon doesn’t really fit the seat.

Core Scenery B Agamenmnon in the Wicked Throne
Core Scenery B Agamenmnon in the Wicked Throne side view

The Conclusion

Sadly, this set doesn’t really work for me so I cannot recommend it to accompany the Legendary Heroes line.

Get yours where I get mine: Show.Z Store – Tyrant Throne and Lincoln’s Ceremonial Chair

New Age Core Scenery Set A

The first of New Age Toys’ Core Scenery sets has arrived!

The Box

Core Scenery A box

The box, as appropriate for at item that will be part of the background of a display, is very plain – mostly flat orange with minimal text.

Core Scenery A box contents

Inside the box are the “Repairing Platform” and the “Teletraan Base” packaged in a Styrofoam insert as well as a spare set of display decals. The insert is problematic and breaks down easily. I strongly suggest that you open this in a room that you are about to vacuum because there will be Styrofoam beads everywhere whey you’re done!

Core Scenery A Repairing Platform beads
Even after cleaning everything off, I’m still finding Styrofoam beads!

Repairing Platform

Core Scenery A Repairing Platform
Core Scenery A Repairing Platform end view
Core Scenery A Repairing Platform bottom

As many have noted, it does look like the base was designed to have several features; including a telescoping base and a hinged “pillow” section. I suspect these features had to be dropped when it was decided to make it a single cast piece.

Core Scenery A Repairing Platform pillow detail
Core Scenery A Repairing Platform base

The platform is just way too large to really fit with the Legendary Heroes figures and is nearly deluxe scale.

Core Scenery A Repairing Platform with Agamenmnon
Core Scenery A Repairing Platform with Prime
Core Scenery A Repairing Platform Miller can't reach
Can’t quite reach…
Core Scenery A Repairing Platform Millers making it work
Making it work: aka – why we need translucent versions

Teletraan Base

Bad news for customizers, since these are solid blocks it’s not really feasible to add any lights or screen effects.

Core Scenery A Teletraan Base
Core Scenery A Teletraan Base side view
Core Scenery A Teletraan Base back view

The computer console is a much better fit for the Legendary Heroes.

Core Scenery A Teletraan Base with figures

Unfortunately the decals are not good. The graphics, taken without permission from Mandingo Rex‘s Teletraan-I Display Panels, are muddily reproduced and do not adhere well. As you can see from the photo above, mine arrived with one already fallen off. I suspect that New Age realized how poor the decals were after it was too late, which explains why they provide a spare set. I hope that Toy Hax or someone similar will put together a better set of screens.

Core Scenery A Teletraan Base loose decals

The Conclusion

Core Scenery Set A display

For me, this was a bit of a miss. Although I like the console, it needs more to really bring it to life – either painted screens or better and original decals. The Repairing Platform is comically oversized for their Legendary Heroes figures.

Get yours where I get mine: Show.Z Store: Teletraan I Computer Control Center & Operation Table.

New Age H9EX Hynkel

New Age H9EX Hynkel

The chromed version of Agamenmnon has arrived!

The Box

As appropriate for a toy-inspired repaint, the packaging is based on the G1 box.

Hynkel in box
Hynkel box back

Inside the box are all of the same pieces included with Agamenmnon:

  • Sight/Fusion Cannon
  • Orange barrel plug
  • 2x pointing hands
  • 2x open hands
  • Smiling face
  • Silencer
  • Stock stem
  • Stock base
  • Key to Vector Sigma
  • Energy mace
  • Movie pistol
  • Pistol mode effects adapter (matte grey)
Hynkel box contents

Due to the sheer number of accessories included with the H9 figures, there is a second insert to contain them.

The Initial Premium

Unexpectedly, Hynkel includes the same “Initial Premium” pack that Agamenmnon did.

Agamenmnon Initial Premium
Hynkel large blast effect
Agamenmnon small blast
Hynkel long blast effect

The Robot

Just like Agamenmnon but shiny!

Hynkel robot mode
Hynkel robot mode side view
Hynkel robot mode back view
Hynkel face details
Hynkel chest details
Hynkel abdomen details

They’ve also added some nice details to the inner forearms.

Hynkel forearm details

The Pistol

Hynkel pistol mode
Hynkel pistol mode with accessories

The Comparisons

To match up with the chrome paint job, the pistol accessories are gloss black for Hynkel instead of the matte black for Agamenmnon.

Hynkel comparison with Agamenmnon
Decepticon symbol sold separately
Hynkel comparison with Agamenmnon side view
Hynkel comparison with Agamenmnon back view
Hynkel comparison with Agamenmnon pistol mode
Decepticon symbol sold separately

The Conclusion

I’m having real trouble deciding which version I like best. Hynkel’s chrome paint and red accents really pop.

Hynkel posed to show off red highlights
Real despots wear red!

Get yours where I got mine: Show.Z Store – New Age H9EX Hynkel

New Age H9 Agamenmnon

New Age H9 Agamenmnon

The leader of the opposition (aka G1 Megatron) has joined the Legendary Heroes line!

The Box

The box is based on the packaging of the original release of the “Megatron” mold: Microman Gun Robo P38.

Agamenmnon in box
Agamenmnon box back
No, NA hasn’t announced Constructicons yet. “Competing” products often feature in their promotional photos.

Inside the box you’ll find more accessories than in any previous release:

  • Sight/Fusion Cannon (attached)
  • 2x pointing hands
  • 2x open hands
  • Smiling face
  • Silencer
  • Stock stem
  • Stock base
  • Key to Vector Sigma
  • Energy mace
  • Movie pistol
  • Pistol mode effects adapter
Agamenmnon box contents

You’ll note that it comes with an orange plug in the barrel. No worries though, the plug is easily removable.

Agamenmnon orange plug removed

The Robot

The robot is straight out of the original cartoon!

Agamenmnon robot mode
Agamenmnon robot mode side view
Agamenmnon robot mode back view
Agamenmnon face
Agamenmnon abdomen details
Agamenmnon side panel detail

There have been some complaints about the hips since the joints are below the pelvis, but it doesn’t really bother me.

Agamenmnon hips

The odd jointing will, however, be obvious in certain poses – including sitting in their upcoming Core Scenery throne set.

Agamenmnon hip extension
That’s totally natural.

The Accessories

Since there are so many accessories I wanted to give a few of them a closer look.

Agamenmnon spare face
Put on a happy face!

It’s hard to see from the photo but the pistol grip is painted black.

Agamenmnon movie pistol
“No your Honor, I’ve never seen that weapon before in my life”
Agamenmnon key to Vector Sigma
“Finders Keepers”

the mace is one solid piece that can be held, it does not replace the hand like in the cartoon

Agamenmnon energy mace

Like the original toy, the extra pistol parts can be assembled into a weapon platform.

Agamenmnon weapon platform

The Initial Premium

Agamenmnon Initial Premium

New with Agamenmnon is an “Initial Premium” pack that will only be included with the first release of the figure. The pack contains five effects parts:

  • 1x large blast
  • 1x small blast
  • 3x long blasts
Agamenmnon Initial Premium contents
Agamenmnon large blast effect
Agamenmnon long blast

Sadly, the small blast effect doesn’t really fit onto the 1986 movie pistol. The barrel is the right size but the sight prevents it from being connected securely. Since the effect parts are made of soft plastic, I’m sure you could force it over the sight, but I haven’t tried.

It does, however, attach to weapons included with other releases, Abadon for example.

Agamenmnon small blast

The Pistol Mode

The pistol mode looks great, just remember to lock everything in place to minimize gaps.

Agamenmnon pistol mode

The adapter looks a little odd when attached (perhaps it doubles as a “grenade”) but does allow you to connect the effect pieces.

Agamenmnon pistol mode effect piece adapter

You can also trick it out with all of the accessories

Agamenmnon pistol mode with all accessories

Transformation Highlights

One step of he transformation that was a pleasant surprise was that of the left arm into pistol mode. Despite the two arms looking the same, the left forearm splits and extends out to form the side of the pistol and cover the neck gap from robot mode.

Agamenmnon left arm transformation 1
The entire right side of the pistol mode is composed of the robot’s left arm …
Agamenmnon left arm transformation 2
… here’s the arm moved away from the pistol body …
Agamenmnon left arm transformation 3
… and the opposite side where you can see all of the parts tucked away …
Agamenmnon left arm transformation 4
… the top folds up to make the shoulder and the fist is on a post which the entire forearm rotates around …
Agamenmnon left arm transformation 5
… and done.

The Conclusion

This is a fantastic version of Megatron, it has an amazing transformation that is both complex and fun.

Agamenmnon showing off weapon platform

According to New Age Toys, there is a “mystery accessory” for Agamenmnon that will be given to people who pre-order all three of their upcoming 1984 Seekers.

Get yours where I got mine: Show.Z Store – New Age H9 Agamenmnon

Update: New Legs with Leviathan

New Age Toys put together a new set of legs to go with their original Agemenmnon which was included with Leviathan for those who pre-ordered all three Stormtroopers.

Robot mode comparison
Read all about Agemenmnon’s New Pants!

New Age H7B Riddick

New Age H7B Riddick

Riddick, aka Diaclone Onebox Cherry Vanette, has arrived at JunkionHQ!

The Box

As is becoming the signature of New Age Toy’s Multiverse sub-line, the box features a drawing of Riddick instead of a view of the toy.

Riddick box

Although Diaclone inspired, the box art clearly shows Shattered Glass Optimus Prime “on the comm”.

Riddick box back

Inside the box you get the standard instructions, two sets of extra hands, “liquid nitrogen” nozzle and rifle.

Riddick box contents

The Robot

Riddick robot mode
Riddick side
Riddick back

Sharp-eyed readers might notice the blue eyes instead of the red shown on the box and in all of the promotional photography. New Age Toys is aware of the issue and will be producing replacement heads which will be shipped out to dealers.

New Age Toys has released a statement (translated by NOCV on TFW2005) about a factory error with Riddick. The eyes were supposed to be red but some were painted blue and some black. They will be sending dealers properly painted replacement heads. On the plus side, now you can mix and match to give McCoy some color contrast if you got the blue-eyed version or make your own Zombie Ironhide with the black-eyed version.

Riddick head

The Vannette

The nannette looks good in black.

Riddick vehicle mode

The Name

Following their pattern, the name presumably comes from Riddick (2013).

The Conclusion

Diaclones unite!

Riddick with Kitt - Diaclone Legends

Get yours where I got mine: Show.Z Store – New Age H7B Riddick

New Age H7 McCoy

New Age H7 McCoy

McCoy, aka G1 Ironhide, has arrived at JunkionHQ!

The Box

McCoy box
McCoy box back

Inside the box you get a rifle, two sets of spare hands, a liquid nitrogen dispenser and sheet of instructions.

McCoy box contents

The Robot

Like Miller, the robot mode is a great representation of the animation model.

McCoy robot mode
McCoy side
McCoy back
McCoy head

One thing that you might have noticed in the box contents photo above is that the extra posed hands are all molded in black where the fists are grey.

McCoy hand colors

The Vannette

Also like Miller, the vehicle mode is spot on.

McCoy vehicle mode

The Name

I feel that the name comes from the Hatfield–McCoy feud. However, but there is a strong argument by Autobrat Leader, TFW2005 boards that it refers to the McCoy Miller company which explains both van names.

The Conclusion


Miller and McCoy

Get yours where I got mine: Show.Z Store – New Age H8 McCoy

New Age H10, H11, H12 Psi Commando Set

New Age H10, H11, H12 Psi Commando Set

New Age Toy’s first G1-styled not-Decepticons have arrived!

The Box

Abadon, Berial and Asmodeus are bundled together in a box reminiscent of the original G1 packaging featuring the slogan “Psychic ready. My Command is your wish!”

Psi Commandos box
Bugs not sold separately!
Psi Commandos box back

The top and side of the box labels them as “Psi Commando” Abadon, Berial and Asmodeus.

Psi Commandos box top

Inside the box are the three bugs, each with a weapon and an Energon cube, and a large instruction sheet.

Psi Commandos box contents

Unfortunately, possibly due to the plastic being used, every Energon Cube has a large flaw along one side.

Psi Commando Energon Cube

H10 Abadon

Abadaon, was always most likely to be my favorite from this set. Kickback was the only Insecticon that I owned the first time around so it holds a special place for me. However, even if that wasn’t the case, this would still be my favorite Psi Commando!

Abadon robot mode
Abadon robot mode side
Abadon robot mode back
Abadon face
Abadon rifle

Like the G1 version, Abadon’s chest opens

Abadon robot mode chest open

Unlike the G1 version, Abadon’s insect fore-legs are stored within the chest cavity.

Abadon robot mode back open

One of my favorite parts of the transformation is how the shoulders lock into the wings for robot mode.

Abadon robot mode shoulder

The robot arms form an abdomen for a more accurate grasshopper mode.

Abadon insect mode

H11 Berial

Berial, aka Shrapnel, is my second favorite from this set, the biggest “flaw” is that the insect legs stick out of the robot back. I’m happy to overlook that considering how great the rest of the figure is.

Berial robot mode
Berial robot mode side
Berial robot mode back
Berial face
Berial rifle

Like the G1 version, Berial’s chest opens.

Berial robot mode chest open

When transforming to stag beetle mode, the fists lock into the legs for stabilization.

Berial bug mode fists
Berial insect mode

H11 Asmodeus

Asmodeus, aka Bombshell, has one flaw in robot mode, no ankle tilt like the rest of the set. This is necessitated by the transformation mechanics and it’s certainly not a fatal flaw.

Asmodeus robot mode
Asmodeus robot mode side
Asmodeus robot mode back
Asmodeus face

Bombshell’s “Twin Ion Impulse Blaster” from G1 is absent, replaced by a larger version of the rhinoceros beetle horn which makes his insect mode toy accurate and his robot mode anime accurate.

Asmodeus rifle

Like the G1 version, Asmodeus’s chest opens but, due to the transformation mechanics, the head is attached so it has a very different effect.

Asmodeus robot mode chest open

When transforming to rhinoceros beetle mode, the fists lock into the legs for better stabilization.

Asmodeus bug mode fists
Asmodeus insect mode

The Comparisons

I was never fully satisfied with the Legend Class Insecticons. Being released in three separate lines the colors don’t match.

Abadon with Kickback
Berial and Skrapnel
Asmodeus and Bombshell

The only Legend Class Insecticon that almost fits with these is Chop Shop who, as a Deluxe Insecticon stands a little taller.

Psi Commandos and Chop Shop

The Conclusion

I can’t recommend this set enough, the figures are super fun and, despite their size, come very close to Manero, their best figure to date.

And they’re not done yet! There are at least two more versions of the Psi Commandos on the way (anime repaints and the translucent version) with rumors of a Diaclone repaint to follow.

Psi Commandos insect mode

Get yours where I got mine: Show.Z Store – New Age H10, H11, H12

X-Transbots MM-VIII Arkose

The 2019 version of Arkose comes in two versions, one for each generation:

Arkose boxes

Supposedly, the 2019 version includes several updates:

  • Easier transformation, including a higher roll-cage
  • Shortened heel spurs
  • Fully metallic paint
  • Stronger tabs to eliminate stress marks

I don’t have the original so I cannot verify any of these.

The Box

Arkose box back

One confusing thing is that the back of the box for the G1 version shows the G2 version and vice versa. I suspect that this is why I originally received two G1 versions instead of one of each.

Arkose G2 box back

The Figure

The figure looks dead on although the shoulders do not lock into place well and are constantly sliding up.

G2 Arkose

The Dune Buggy

Unlike other MP Beachcombers, Arkose transforms into an accurate Chenowth type fast attack vehicle, which is a big plus for me.

Arkose vehicle mode
Arkose vehicle mode side

There are some surprising details in vehicle mode like the first aid kits on the back of the seats.

Arkose first aid kit
Arkose dashboard
Arkose engine
Arkose distributer cap

The dune buggy looks great, but the transformation is not fun. Also, I hate the roll cage, which is just a series of tubes that hold together by friction and fall apart as soon as you being the transformation.

Arkose roll cage

The Masterpiece

Arkose fits in perfectly with other Masterpiece-class figures.

Arkose Masterpiece

The Conclusion

Although this figure looks great, for me, the play-ability is very low. Like their Ollie, it will remain on the shelf in robot mode.

Arkose TOE

Get yours where I got mine: Show.Z Store

* That One Episode” – the obligatory accessory that the character used once in the cartoon.

New Age H8 Miller

New Age H8 Miller

New Age Toy’s Miller (aka Gi Ratchet) has arrived. They’ve released so many figures in such a short amount of time it’s been hard keeping up! McCoy and the Insecticons are already in the mail with Riddick and the anime-Insecticons ready to ship.

The Box

Miller box
Miller box back

Inside the box, you get two extra sets of hands, a Marvel Comics-inspired red helmeted head, welder hand, a rifle and, unexpectedly, Ironhide’s liquid nitrogen dispenser attachment.

Miller box contents

The Robot

The robot mode looks pretty good but it’s not without issues.

Miller robot mode

For many people, the visible pins in the legs will be enough to ruin the figure. For me I don’t mind too much although I do with they had been capped or painted, perhaps they will be in an H8EX release.

Miller robot mode
Miller robot mode

The big issue for me is the fact that the chest and shoulders do not lock into place. The shoulders tend to wander a bit whenever you move the arms.

Miller unlocked chest

I didn’t expect to like the Marvel Comics head but it makes a nice contrast to the all-white robot mode and I plan to keep it installed.

Miller Marvel head

The Vannette

The vehicle mode is very true to the source however you do need to be careful to keep the panels properly aligned to minimize gaps.

Miller vehicle mode

The Name

According to speculation by Autobrat Leader, TFW2005 boards Miller is named after an emergency vehicle company called McCoy Miller.

The Conclusion

Overall this is a great toy with a surprisingly complex transformation for a toy on this scale.

Miller accessorized

Get yours where I got mine: Show.Z Store – New Age H8 Miller